“A first-grade field trip to one of the top-ten U.S. zoos led us to a prehistoric bee display. It was much bigger than my little fist. It was like a radish on top of turnip but dark brown with faded yellow stripes and fuzzy tarantula legs. It was so horrifying to think of encountering a giant killer bee with a 4-inch stinger during the time that dinosaurs roamed. What a first-grader wouldn’t realize is that the display would have been a model, as there is a poor fossil record for bees, making it difficult to pin down the wipe-out of their ancestors.
What happened to those guys?”
Via Activist Post
“European scientists say they have discovered the problem behind the declining honeybee population, and pesticides seem to be the culprit.
The study by the journal Ecology Letters states that “extended periods of stress” can cause the failure of a bee colony. Scientists at the University of London believe that when bees are exposed to even low levels of neonicotinoids, behavioral changes occur and work inside the colony ceases. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, neonicotinoids are one of the primary chemical ingredients in Monsanto agricultural products.
The bee colony collapse study also revealed that exposure to chemical pesticides like neonicotinoids in crop fields impact individual bees. The exposure to popular chemical herbicides and pesticides like Monsanto manufactures by even a single bee can cause a honeybee colony to fail.”
Swedes develop drug to combat bee deaths – why don’t they stop spreading all the herbicides,pesticides and planting GMOs instead?
Swedes develop drug to combat bee deaths
“A team of microbiologists at Lund University have patented the treatment, known as SymBeeotic — made from lactic acid bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees — which they described as a major “boost” to bees’ immune system and are hopeful that it could slow down the rate at which bees are dying.
“The bacteria in this product is active against both American and European foulbrood disease,” Dr Alejandra Vasquez, who co-developed the product, told
AFP. Foulbrood is the fatal bacterial disease which threatens bees.
“We hope that beekeepers will see this as a good preventative medicine so that they can avoid using antibiotics.”
The researchers, who worked on the medicine for nearly ten years, planned
to launch it at an annual conference of beekeepers in Russia on Saturday.”
Via The Local
“I’m a professional beekeeper and independent research scientist. My sons and I run a 1000-colony beekeeping operation. I talk on a daily basis with beekeepers and researchers around the world. Bees are my life.
I’m also a lifelong environmentalist and organic gardener, coming of age at the time Silent Spring was published. So when bee colonies — including my own — started to die at an increased rate in the winter of 2004-5, roughly coinciding with the introduction of the neonicotinoid insecticides, the claim that they were killing off the bees resonated with me. But my scientific training called for me to actually check the facts of the situation.
The first inconvenient truth is that honey bees are not going extinct — colony numbers are actually increasing in both the U.S. and around the world. But it is tougher to keep them alive these days, even in the absence of pesticide exposure, due to novel parasites and declining forage.”
Via The Daily Caller
“Pesticide warning labels to help save the bees finally have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.
While the EPA has taken a small step in the right direction, it may not be enough to save the drastically shrinking honeybee population. Approximately 70 percent of the food consumed worldwide is pollinated by bees.
The labels will prohibit the use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. Labels must contain an advisory box and icon “with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions,” according to the EPA. The warning label affects the following neonicotinoids: imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.
The warning label approval came just after the release of a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) detailing the “high acute risks” to bees when exposed to pesticide residues and dusts in pollen and nectar. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, the European Commission recently passed new regulations and restrictions on neonicotinoids.”
“The European Union (EU) has passed a two-year “precautionary” ban on bee-killing chemical pesticides.
The neonicotinoids ban is slated to begin on Dec. 1. The decision by the European Commission – the executive body of the EU — mirrors similar policies enacted by individual countries such as Italy, France, Slovenia, Switzerland and the Ukraine.
Upon conclusion of the two years, scientists will help determine whether to make the ban permanent. Been populations have plunged worldwide, with 30 percent declines seen in the United States and Europe, as previously reported by Off The Grid News. If the honeybees continue to disappear at such an alarming rate, the global food supply may not be able to meet the demand.”
“In what may be the single largest mass bumblebee die-off on record, some 50,000 plus bees were recently found littering the parking lot of a Target store in Wilsonville, Oregon recently after a landscaping company sprayed surrounding trees with the insecticide Safari. Concerning shoppers and the community, the event also raised significant alarm amongst the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which has now enacted a temporary ban on the pesticide used in this incident, and for an additional 17 other insecticide products containing the chemical dinotefuran.
Dinotefuran, a popular insecticide found in agricultural, professional and household products is an insecticide of the neonicotinoid class, a class of insecticides widely suspected to be the primary cause of the global bee and pollinator die-off we are witnessing today. Neonicotinoids include a number of other insecticides other than dinotefuran, and have for decades been suspected of being especially dangerous to bees:”
Neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. They includeimidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. According to the EPA, uncertainties have been identified since their initial registration regarding the potential environmental fate and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly as they relate to pollinators. Studies conducted in the late 1990s suggest that neonicotinic residues can accumulate in pollen and nectar of treated plants and represent a potential risk to pollinators.
Via Activist Post
Washington rejects restriction on honeybee-killing garden pesticide despite evidence of its deadliness
“Faceless, nameless bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are once again demonstrating their ignorance of an issue by refusing to take a necessary action that literally could have an impact on the health and well-being of millions of Americans.
Officials at the Department of Agriculture are refusing to act on a request to restrict a certain class of backyard pesticides that are suspected of killing off scores of honey bees. From the Yakima Herald Republic newspaper:
The department announced the decision Thursday following a 60-day review of a petition submitted by Thurston County commissioners. The county, at the request of county beekeepers, asked the department on April 8 to limit residential use of neonicotinoid pesticides used to kill aphids, weevils and other insects on ornamental plants. The insecticides also are used on crops, but limits on those uses were not requested.”
Via Natural News